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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discredit...s_theories

More than you might think.
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#32
... Undecided
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#33
Went outside a few minutes ago.
The sky is really clear up where I live today and the stars are out in force- very bright and they seem closer than usual. Very pretty though, and the Orion constellation really stands out.
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#34
Too much light pollution to see anything celestial here. Damn you other humans and your fancy electrical do-dads!

Fun fact that's not science related but still biological all the same. Did you know that English archers all had an identical shoulder deformity? All bowmen had a deformed shoulder from intense bow training from a young age; there's two pieces of bone that form the tip of the shoulders that fuse as you become an abult. These shoulder bones have been found to be much larger and have fused at an oblique angle due to the immense preasure of pulling back a piece of ebony; the arrow drawing arm's bones also had a much more dense structure if they trained from infancy.

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#35
This is cool and oddly topical.
http://theconversation.com/eye-tracking-...tion-37596
Eye tracking is another one of those sci-fi tropes which is developing along very nicely into the real world. They have it in the Halo universe in the helmets so that they can view each others' helmet camera feeds and other video/data.
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(02-21-2015, 07:24 PM)FadelessRipleyX Wrote: Why...? Genuinely curious as to your thinking, I'm not having a go.  Big Grin I'm quite a healthy sceptic myself in general, but I've always found the moon landings pretty solid. Aldrin and Armstrong seem decent chaps with convincing testimony rather than government stooges, and the footage looks realistic enough for the time.
Well, of course there's the normal flag and sun angles and all that gubbins that people always go on about (some of which sure is a bit desperate) but then there are other things, like there is an image from one of the later landings that is a clear copy/paste from a training image, and one of the supposed 'moon rocks' was tested a few years ago and shown to just be normal rock.

And I dunno, the idea that 40 years ago we manage to land on the moon, with the shitty computers, radiation shielding and basic rockets of the time, yet now with all the advances we've made we apparently can't do it.

As I said I'd like to think we went, but just have a bit of a hard time believing all of it.
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#37
I was rather using the jingoisms of the time, a reflection of the attitudes during the red scare. My politics are centre left, most would call me a liberal, except third wave feminists who would insist I was a conservative traditionalist. Big Grin
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(02-22-2015, 12:43 AM)Metalrodent Wrote:
(02-21-2015, 07:24 PM)FadelessRipleyX Wrote: Why...? Genuinely curious as to your thinking, I'm not having a go.  Big Grin I'm quite a healthy sceptic myself in general, but I've always found the moon landings pretty solid. Aldrin and Armstrong seem decent chaps with convincing testimony rather than government stooges, and the footage looks realistic enough for the time.
Well, of course there's the normal flag and sun angles and all that gubbins that people always go on about (some of which sure is a bit desperate) but then there are other things, like there is an image from one of the later landings that is a clear copy/paste from a training image, and one of the supposed 'moon rocks' was tested a few years ago and shown to just be normal rock.

And I dunno, the idea that 40 years ago we manage to land on the moon, with the shitty computers, radiation shielding and basic rockets of the time, yet now with all the advances we've made we apparently can't do it.

As I said I'd like to think we went, but just have a bit of a hard time believing all of it.

What do you mean by this? We've been to the Moon, and now we are setting out sights further afield for human landings, with Mars bring the target of both NASA and Mars One. Anyway I also believe that the UK is planning a moon mission , but I can't remember what they were going to do.
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#39
We've been there yet we're still sending probes there, and half of them don't actually work properly still.

And there's no way we're getting to Mars anytime soon
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#40
Depends what you consider a long time. 10 years might seem like a long time, but relatively speaking it's not too far off.
http://www.mars-one.com/mission/roadmap
Assuming that the plan remains on schedule of course, which I believe they are currently meeting. They have acknowledged that any sort of failure in launching or landing or whatever will cause a delay of up to two years.

As for the probes that aren't working, which are you referring to? Sure, there have been a load of failed launches but that was back in the 50's and 60's when we were first starting out. Most missions nowadays are successful. And landing people on the Moon isn't really the pinnacle of space exploration. We still need to send stuff up to do more research, or to test new landing craft, and so on.

We have landed multiple rovers on Mars already, such as Curiosity, so I think we are well on the way to manned Martian missions.
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